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Diego Costa can shine for Chelsea against Liverpool

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As the all-important final matchdays of the Premier League approach, this week's midweek action has more riding on it than most.

Liverpool can make a late, perhaps undeserved, surge for the top six if they can beat Chelsea and then hope that West Ham and Southampton slip up this weekend.

There's also the small matter of Premier League survival, while at the other end, second, third, and fourth place are all suddenly up for grabs as Manchester United look to enter the Champions League at local rivals' Manchester City's expense.

For the rest, there's still pride to play for, and prize money of an extra £1million per place in the table.

Here are three players who you should be selecting in your DraftKings' fantasy team.


Diego Costa

Like Chelsea as a whole, Diego Costa has not set the Premier League alight in the way he would have expected this season, but he definitely has a future in west London under the guidance of Antonio Conte. A record of 12 goals and six assists in the league is pretty decent for a player not at his best, and he will be hoping to improve on that next season.

Liverpool do not always cope well with physicality, and Costa can really assert himself at Anfield. The only concern is that he could let his ill-discipline get the better of him, as yellow cards receive a penalty of -1 fantasy point, while a red could see him docked -3. Even fouls conceded carry a -0.5 point deduction. However, he himself is also fouled often, which in turn can earn him +1 points each time.

The Spain international creates more than a chance a game, and he is also strong on the counter-attack, which could be key if Guus Hiddink sets Chelsea up for a draw on Merseyside

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool may have been inconsistent this season, but it has been memorable nonetheless thanks in large part to the rise of Roberto Firmino.

The up-and-coming Brazilian can star against Chelsea, as he often does in the big games. The Reds are hugely fortunate to have a player so ready to rise to the occasion. In just 23 league appearances this season, he has 10 goals (each worth +10 fantasy points), and an equally impressive seven assists.

He comes up against a Chelsea side that have conceded five goals in two games against Sunderland and Spurs, and the Blues will now also be without John Terry after their captain was sent off against the Black Cats.

Gerard Deulofeu

Gerard Deulofeu has been a hit in the Premier League after failing to make the grade at Barcelona. He was never going to be good enough for the Catalans, but there's no reason why he won't be able to produce the goods over the coming years.

The Spaniard has eight assists for Everton this season, and they have all earned him a cool +6 fantasy points. The one criticism of his game is perhaps that he doesn't score more, but he has found the net four times, and at 22, he is sure to keep getting better and better.

In fact, even if he doesn't score, his shots will still earn him +1 point, with double that if it lands on target.

A combination of his pace and his eye for key passes will make him a huge threat against a nervy Sunderland side looking to fend off relegation. That could mean he picks up plenty of +1 points for fouls drawn, though he will be up against in-form Patrick van Aanholt, who will be extremely difficult to get past.

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